Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Georgie is a dynamic leader and purpose-led non-executive director who focuses on her diverse portfolio of state and national directorships. She applies her experience as a former executive, CEO and consultant to her non-executive director appointments spanning government, for-purpose and the community sectors. Georgie builds aligned and sustainable organisations that harness the collective wisdom, skill and expertise of all stakeholders to deliver agreed organisational outcomes and results.
Georgie commenced as Chair in 2018 and is inspired to connect and build an inclusive community to make a difference through the impact of volunteering.
Georgie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. Her qualifications include Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce and the AICD Company Directors Course.
Dr Sonia Shimeld - Treasurer
Dr Sonia Shimeld is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the University of Tasmania, actively researching in governance and accountability. Sonia’s PhD focused on governance in the not-for profit volunteer sector.
Prior to and during her extensive academic career, Sonia worked extensively assisting volunteers and small business in understanding accounting, taxation, financial management and governance. Pursuing her passion of working with volunteers, Sonia is a volunteer board member of two other boards: Chair of Women’s Legal Services Tasmania and Treasurer of Mature Artists Dance Experience.
Stephen has been CEO and Director of Hydro Tasmania for the last 6 years. He is also currently director, deputy chair and audit committee member of the Australian Energy Council, the peak industry body of Electricity Generation and Retailing companies in Australia.
He is passionate about making further contributions to the Tasmanian community, particularly as he moves to a stage in his career where he wishes to share what he has learnt along the way and open doors for others. In Stephen’s current role he has been working effectively with Government and most of Tasmania’s elected members on strategy but also on Hydro’s contribution to the Tasmanian community more broadly.
At a much more grass roots level, Stephen has volunteered and participated in the committee for his daughter’s basketball club, and his wife is currently secretary of a local pony club. Therefore, Stephen is experiencing governance issues daily at both extremes of Australia’s scale of activity. While Stephen is a frequent donor to charitable causes and bodies as an individual, his corporate experience in those fields is providing financial support and supporting the people in his business that are contributing time to causes/communities that align with Hydro Tasmania’s Purpose and Vision. He has a good understanding of how to shape a volunteer organisation’s requirements to the needs of corporations in Tasmania.
Damian Gill – Director
The sporting industry runs on the deeds, passion and commitment of volunteers and Damian is interested in finding ways to incentivise, reward and recognise volunteers. He is an enthusiastic, ambitious young leader in sports administration within Tasmania who embraces and enjoys challenges and learning opportunities.
Damian believes volunteering and sport are intrinsically linked and his experience, passion and involvement in sport provides a unique and advantageous lens as a director for Volunteering Tasmania. He has held roles on senior management at both AFL Tasmania and Football Tasmania and has performed the role of secretariat for the Tasmanian Football Foundation. His current role involves Government Relations, working closely with the CEO in maintaining strong relationships with key government members and officials. He holds a senior role in one of the most high-profile organisations within Tasmania and as such has strong networks and has had extensive public exposure.
Damian is looking forward to the opportunity to provide his expertise as a director in ensuring the younger generation is well represented in the approach of Volunteering Tasmania.
Cameron is a passionate volunteer with a track record of committed service in a variety of causes within the Tasmanian community. Currently, he is President of Make-A-Wish, Hobart Branch, where he leads 30 volunteers in granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. He volunteers for the Australian Human Resources Institute Tasmanian State Council as Vice President and serves in the Army Reserves. He has also volunteered for Edmund Rice Camps over the last 10 years.
Outside of his volunteer activities Cameron works in the recruitment industry where he is a Team Manager with Hays. In 2019 he was recognised as a finalist and semi-finalist in the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the year Awards in Leadership and Volunteering.
Cameron holds a BA (Policy)-BBus (HR Mgt), BPhil (Leadership) and GradCert Career Development & Education.
Jo brings extensive public policy expertise to the Volunteering Tasmania Board. She has firsthand experience in state and local government and is passionate about improving the lives of Tasmanians.
Jo is motivated to contribute to the work of Volunteering Tasmania to increase connectedness and raise awareness of the impact of volunteering on community wellbeing.
As an active volunteer, she understands the rewards and challenges the sector faces.
Jo has a Bachelor of Commerce and Professional Honours in public sector leadership and management. She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In her spare time Jo can be found caravanning with her husband, four young children and their dog.
Madeleine has worked in the legal sector for approximately 8 years and is currently employed by the Department of Justice. In addition to her legal knowledge, she also brings experience in the policy and law reform space.
She has personal volunteering experience over a number of years in a range of not-for-profit and community based organisations, including within the legal, education and disability sectors. She currently sits on the board of Riding for the Disabled Tasmania and recognises the important contribution of volunteers to the Tasmanian community.
Madeleine holds a BA-LLB(Hons) and Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Jacob has been a passionate volunteer since their early schooling. They have volunteered for many organisations including Australian Catholic University, Calvary Health Care, and for over 15 years with St Vincent de Paul Society where in 2021 they concluded their term as National Director. Jacob see’s strength in diversity and is passionate about equity and inclusion; they currently sit on the board of Working it Out.
Professionally Jacob works in Charity Retail, a sector relying on volunteers to raise funds for charitable causes. They are currently Retail Operations Manager for Hobart City Mission supporting the operation of nine Op Shops engaging over 450 volunteers in Southern Tasmania.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Theology and post graduate study in education, change management and governance with ACU, AIM, and AICD.
Lynne has been a volunteer with a number of organisations for many years, including Loui’s Van, The Story Island Project, Lifeline Tasmania, and the Friends of the Theatre Royal. She also spent a number of years as a volunteer, coaching hockey and soccer.
Lynne was a teacher and principal for many years in primary schools, high schools and colleges, where she saw the difference made by the huge input from parents as volunteers in schools. Her background on Boards is in the education sector – The Tasmanian Qualifications Authority, the Schools Registration Board, Chair of the Story Island Project Board.
Lynne currently works for Lifeline Australia, supporting volunteers who answer the Lifeline phones. She fully understands the importance of volunteer work and is passionate about having that work recognised for its value to the community.
Chris has experience as an executive within Tasmanian Government business enterprises, with a focus on strategy, governance, finance, people and technology. He enjoys mobilising and shaping teams to tackle complex issues.
A Chartered Accountant (originally in England), he has qualified as a company secretary through the Governance Institute of Australia’s Applied Corporate Governance diploma. Chris is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a self-confessed lifelong-learner, with recent courses covering cyber and the executive strategy programme at the University of Oxford.
Chris commenced with Volunteering Tasmania in September 2022 as Shadow Treasurer.
In his free time, Chris enjoys caravanning with his wife and 3 children, volunteering as a coach for the Kingborough Lions Football Club (soccer) and practicing kung fu.
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